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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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5,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 490 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Ratings: 5,047 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of westweasel
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerBeing for a chance at this arrogant brew!

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass. The first thing I noticed as I poured the beer was the smell of cherries. After it settled in the glass, the cherry faded some, and I was smelling caramel, cherry, oak, and a bit of citrus.

The beer poured out a very hazy amber/milk chocolate color with a small but long-lasting beige head. Belgian lace was left all along the glass as the beer went down.

The taste was easy to recognize that this was a smoother version of arrogant bastard. There was some wood flavor and also the familiar mix of biscuits and a strong citrus hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium to full. The drinkability was very good. The bitterness is somewhat tempered and a it is a little more interesting than the regular arrogant bastard.

Photo of Budlum
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer produces a tall, tan head or large bubbles with a creamy texture. The body is a rich garnet and amber color with a mild haziness. Head retention is excellent with light lacing on the glass.

The nose presents strong hops carrying a strong pine aroma. Sweet sugars mix with vanilla and the hops for a very balanced smell. Lingering mint and black licorice add layered complexity to a strongly-hopped beer.

Strong hops start the flavors of this beer with authority. The hops flavors are held as a warm sweetness hits the palate. Mild fruits blend with a stout-like barley quality that really adds depth to this beer. The hop flavors grow stronger in the finish as a smoky character increases the strength of the flavors. Alcohol is detectable but it is not overpowering. Oak-aging has served this beer well.

The mouthfeel is smooth, relatively light and almost creamy. The body is on for what can be expected of an aged ale.

Drinkability is good. I would prefer a regular Arrogant Bastard for a session but this is a very enjoyable offering with great flavor depth.

Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...the color/appearance seems to be all over the place when passing through various reviews. This bottle poured out a strong caramel brown and pretty much stayed that way. Sitting with a murky tone of dark peachy brown mud. Very slender capping of softly lit brown foam. Carries with it lots of broken sheeting lace as its consumed.

Aroma is evidenlty warmed with a slight oak tinge over lots of caramel malt, piney, orange citrus hops, and some floral dryness.

Taste is about the same really. Malty large with lots of caramel, some toasty factions reside in the edgings as it finishes. Has lots of balanced but broading hops that are feverishly orangeified and piney. Slightly lemony and tainted tangerine burntness. Its a mouth full of stuff and has just an inkling of oakyness hinted in the heat within. Not bad, but somehow different from what I remember when experiencing it at tap a few summers ago while in San Diego.

Body is about medium to closing in on full, has a bit of break to it near the middle and really has an ever changing presence to it. This was a wild ride to say the least. Perhaps this was bottled from the bottom of the batch? This seemed somehow out of place. I remember this beer kicking my ass with much more depth, malt, and stickyness when having it tap.

Anyways, I have another bottle that I will try later on and see if there is a difference. But as this bottle went, it was a solid representation of a Stone brew, yet didn't happen to get anymore wowness then expected out of it from my first on-tap experience.

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a six pack of nicely aged Oaked AB at a local store. So I grabbed it.

Let's see what 7+ months has done to this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy deep dark amber / brown color. has a nice small head, that leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Aromas are of stewed fruits, some green apple hints, oak, and a touch of booze.

First sip... whoa! The hops have held up much better than I thought they would have. There is an underlying sweet and dark fruit maltiness, some dry oak like flavors, and a very bitter and biting hop finish. Still a pretty potent beer, even with quite a few months under it's belt.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very full, thick, and well balanced.

Drinkability is very good. I am pleasantly surprised with how well this has held up. I'll probably set a couple of these aside for a few more months to see how much more this changes. Very interesting, and enjoyable.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown ale with an expanding fizz of off white head, goes from about one finger at the end of the pour to two+ fingers that stay for several minutes. Spotty lacing.

Aromas are strong and woody, with an herbal backing. Lesser notes of florals and citrics from the hopping, while there is also some sweetness of thick, alcoholic malt.

Dark pine oil hopping anchors the flavor, herbals follow, featuring a bit of mint. The malt is thick and sweet, also noticeably oaky. Creamy and thick, a large beer, somewhat challenging. Dry finish with big wood notes.

Interesting twist on their Strong Ale, this is a very decent oaked brew, and a must for fans of the Bastard.

Photo of sullysbeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hints of Chocolate, Piney Hop aroma, Huge Oak, Alcohol is present.

Appearance: Brilliant Ruby Red and crystal clear. Huge rocky tan head that is thick and creamy.

Flavor: Slightly sweet up front, hints of cherries, potpourri. Huge floral hop flavor. Huge alcohol and oaky wood but the sharp hop bitterness quickly over powers, then plants itself on the back of the tongue and throughout the mouth. The bitterness doesn't stop until you take another sip and the description above starts over again.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied - Silky on the tongue and perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Talk about flavor, complexity in this one! I have never had an Arrogant Bastard Ale and wasn't expecting a huge lingering hop bitterness. Great beer and oaky! Hop heads enjoy!

Photo of tpd975
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one as part of a wonderful trade from Sudsdog, my BA bro.

A: Pours a nice hazel brown color with a 2 finger head that hangs around for a bit before fading to a perfect ring with a nice island in the middle.

S: Very malty, woody, earthy with subtle hints of citrus hops and sweet brown sugar.

T: I like this one a lot, and it tastes a great deal different than original AB. The oaking hides some of the hops upfront. There is a wonderful smokiness about it as it first crosses the tongue then the citrus of the hops come thru perfectly in the finish along with a hint of booze.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's creamy with a smooth mouthfeel and perfect zestyness as you swallow.

D: I got two of the 12 ouncers but could put down a bomber easily. It's a really nice brew. I will save my second bottle for a later date, don’t want to drink up all of this one at once.

Overall: This beer is Fantastic with a capital F. It has a nice balance of hops, malt, and woodiness from the oaking. It is an easy drinking beer for a hot Sunday afternoon, or a cool one for that matter. Stone makes some very aggressive beers but this is not one of them. This beer is very middle of the road. It's perfectly prepared and not over the top in any aspect whatsoever. They did a great job with this one, Cheers to the brewers at Stone; this one is different than your normal offering but just as Great!

It's a perfect beer for an Arrogant Bastard like myself!

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at Sportsman's back in early January for 2.49 each.

Beer poured a reddish brown color with a nice sturdy off white head that is sustaining well. Nose is somewhat fruity, malty, with a hint of citrus. The boquet gets better as it warms. Taste is interesting, the palate is greeted by heavy oak with the malts and slides into the AB's familiar hop slam finish with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit smoother than the original AB. Overall drinkability is good. This was definitely fun to try, and a very good beer, but the oak is a tad bit too much for me personally compared to AB.

Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've previously reviewed this from the bottle - this is just an update for the growler (see previous review for more detail).

Looks great, with a perfect creamy off-white head. Smell is malty with a nice woodiness/earthiness.

Taste is great. Everything here comes together - I think moreso than the bottle - the mellow pine hops, the earthy oakiness, the slightly sweet malts - very nice. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy too. And drinkability is exceptional.

I like this even better from the tap than the bottle. A very well composed beer, and an example of good oak aging. Highly recommended.

Photo of NatureSon
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer twice in my life, however, I wanted to relate an incident about this beer. A friend of mine was recently given a bottle of 1997 oaked arrogant bastard. This friend of mine is no where near being a purveyor of fine beers, as his favorite beer is Coors Light. Sadly to say, after drinking one drink of this magnificent ale, he was disgusted by its flavor and then he proceeded to pour it all down the drain. In reality, he should have poured himself down the drain instead. Obviously, when he told me this, I nearly flipped out and then I chastised him for his recklessness. His response; "Dude, it's only beer." What an ignoramous.

Photo of mnwags
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep red hue comes glowing out of the glass as if it is a beer from on tap right at the gates of hell. Not much of head to build from on this particular bottle.

S: The smell is amazing and the oak chips are not the first thing noticed but a malty smell and then Bam…..for some reason I am seeing a warm spiced pear dessert…..weird. Anyway, a full whiff brings in the oak chips and burnt/toasty nut smell.

T: The taste is awesome!! So much going on it is hard to explain and the aftertaste last for a very long time. The bitterness is just right and the alcohol feels so good when it touches your lips. Mmmm.

M: The brew traveled fine and the mouthfeel is good enough for me.

D: So happy I decided to try this one today. Will be looking forward to more Stone brews in the future. Definitely have to find this in the Midwest. Thanks to msbulldog25 for this brew!!

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a modest head that drops to a film and dots the chalice with lace

Smell: Rich caramel aroma mixed with grapefruit hops; a touch of pith and pine and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Right off the bat, the grapefruit hops assualt the tastebuds but are immediately joined by caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and oak; by mid-palate and after the swallow, the hoppy flavors become even more pronounced and blast into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thinner than I would have expected

Drinkability: It is far easier to drink than one would expect for all of its arrogance

Photo of bobhits
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I assume this is from the 06 release, but I can't find a date for the life of me.

I'm not really sure how to review this beer. I can't taste any real oak/vanilla flavor in it. At first there wasn't even any arrogant bastard here. As it's warmed (I served it fairly warm to start with) I picked up on the bitter after taste of the normal bastard.

What you do get here is a much better balanced beer than the normal bastard. You get a nice cherry flavor to start and a strong hoppy bitterness at the end. A very smooth beer and you could chug if you wanted to (not at these prices though!) or really enjoy sipping on.

It has a great head, the color looks great. It's got a very nice complex smell.

Maybe I went into this beer expecting too much as I love oaked beers and I really enjoyed the standard AB (though imo it's slightly overrated). This beer is well worth trying even at the high prices but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again.

I expected a lot more flavor and a bit more complexity. My score is high enough to tsay this is a really good beer but I expected more, especially when this costs nearly 3 dollar per 12 oz bottle.

Photo of Pooba001
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Oaked Bastard pours a deep hazy reddish amber with almost an inch of head, which dissipates at a moderate pace. Good looking beer. Smell is more balanced than a regular Bastard, citrus and piney hops are most prominent, but malt, grain, and yeast aromas are here too. Hints of cherry and caramel.

Does seem fruitier and more juicy than the standard Arrogant offering. The astringent, hoppy Chinook kick in the mouth is still here though, which is supported by the malty leather, oak/vanilla flavors. With the in-your-faceness of the Bastard somewhat muted, the subtleties that are revealed prove this to really be a superbly crafted world class ale.

Mouthfeel is decent, I like the juiciness, but have to take some off because of the high perceived astringency. Drinkability is good, better than the normal Bastard. I have a 3L bottle of 2005 Oaked AB waiting for me, so I hope the drinkability is damn good!

Photo of rattech
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A luscious slightly cloudy brown beer with a two inch light tan foamy head. This is a damned attractive looking beer.

Smell: Sweet malt, an almost raisney smell. I can detect a bit of oak in the nose, but it isn't overpowering.

Taste: A slight bitterness with a strong sweet note is detected on the first sip. As I drink the beer, the bitterness becomes more prominent. I think the oak flavor is related to the strengthening of the bitterness as I drink the beer. The initial flavor is good, but the oak is really overwhelming my palette. The flavor is good, but I would like a little more sweetness to compliment the oak, or less oak flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good, but it doesn't stand out as anything amazing. There is a good light carbonation and a nice rich thickness.

Drinkability: With the alcohol percentage coupled with the palette crushing oak drinking more then one 12 ounce bottle in a sitting won't happen. I will drink this beer again,but this is a one/night treat.

Photo of markgugs
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from a BA trade with b0ldfacelies, 12oz. bottle poured into an Imperial Pint

A: Pours a bold, striking, vibrant reddish color featuring a huge, rocky off-white head. Like everything else about this beer, it makes a statement with its appearance.

S: Smells more like the best DIPAs on the planet, loads of fresh-baked cookie goodness, and a gorgeous roasted nutty quality makes this aroma a serious winner.

T/M: Again, bold is the word here. A blast of massively bitter grapefruit splashes your taste buds before giving way to the dark, roasted malt center. The grapefruit bitterness is joined by a long, aggressive piney finish. This beer doesn't so much get drank as it does ASSAULT your taste buds. Perfectly balanced carbonation makes it easy to wrestle with large gulps of this monster at a time.

D: If this beer wasn't so dang expensive, I'd buy it more often. It's ridiculously fun to drink, if not outright drinkable.

Highly recommended!

Photo of shroompod
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been in the cellar for about a year, and I figured something this low in ABV should be rotated out.

Poured into pint glass. Red, clear. Decent head. Not bottle conditioned.

Smell is is a nice mixture of of citrusy hops and sweet malt.

This beer has a malty rich, molasses flavor upfront. A drying hop aftertaste that seems to go along with the oaked chip infusion.

Mouthfeel is medium. I'd expect a younger version would feel thinner with a larger hop profile.

Overall drinkability of this beer is great. Almost a session beer. The 7.2% is almost unbelievable for a beer with this much flavor.

Photo of bditty187
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, russet-brown with tawny influences; I like the color. Perfectly compacted and yet frothy beige head. At the apex the foam was slightly more than one finger tall. Head retention was excellent; the bubbles were slow to fade to a thick, soapy cap. However, the subsequent lacing was spotty and not all that noteworthy. Overall, the appearance is respectable but there was nothing memorable about it.

The nose is lovely. It was been a long while since I have had Arrogant Bastard and in my mind it has lost some of its luster for some reason. I began to think it was overrated (and it is to some degree). Well, after smelling this I have been reminded. I was wrong. Deep, romantic caramel, toffee and sweet maltiness; hints of dark fruits soaked in rum. Raisins, chocolate cake… a terrific boozy oak barrel quality arrives at the end. Hops are not as robust as I would have though. Sure, I can detect their bright zippy citrus and spruce notes, which I like. IMO, the nose seems more barleywine-like than DIPA. Moderate-high potency; very chatty and articulate… I love the nose! I can’t wait to take a sip.

In a word (or two): Damn tasty! I can’t believe this beer is only 7.2% ABV! It drinks much bigger (read: 12% ABV)! Big, boozy heat and lots of rum/vodka/bourbon flavors (but not overwhelming); big, prickly/bitter hops (lots of citrus and spruce flavors) with a finish of caramel malt. Suggestions of dark fruits are found from start to finish. The hops are very pronounced. Otherwise I don’t find much more beyond taste-bud slapping alcohol, hops, and malt. Maybe I am being too simplistic. Maybe I’d like more malt complexities. I love the hop profile, it is fairly complex. Unlike the nose, the palate is more DIPA-like then barleywine… I’m okay with that. Hell, I really like the flavor profile.

Slightly bigger than medium-full; low but natural carbonation. I like the mouthfeel; it is somewhat lazy but not sluggish. The carbonation does a great job allowing the flavors to slide over the tongue and then linger. Big aftertaste, sweet/malty with plenty of hops and oak; the combination is awesome.

I want a plate of cheese and fresh fruit. I want another bottle (or three). There is a certain malty vibe in Oaked AB that reminds me of Free State’s Old Backus Barleywine. Clearly though, Oaked AB is a big-ass malty DIPA. I am not “down” with the American Strong Ale term. WTF is it? Either it is a Barelywine or a DIPA. Simple as that. Screw labels. Is it tasty? Hell yeah. Is it drinkable? Oh, hell yes. I haven’t sat down and reviewed a beer this good in a long time. I needed this. Thank you, BuckeyeNation! This beer was great.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orangish copper with a fairly well-retained light tan head that eventually leaves behind a generous lace. Fruity malt sweetness with a firm orangey hop character in the aroma. In the palate a somewhat astringent citrus hop spice overshadows the otherwise firm, slightly fruity malt backbone (with a definite honey character). The distinct oaky character contributes to the complexity.

Did a side-by-side comparison of this one with the regular AB: Arrogant Bastard is slightly richer, with a better balance, while the Oaked AB is a bit smoother, more refined and slightly more complex. Both were equally enjoyable and very drinkable, especially considering how rich they are.

Anyway, recommended…

Photo of Graham21
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Poured from a bottle, this beer looks wonderful with a rich brown copper color, nice head/good retention.

-The aroma is amazing; hint of smokey wood, wonderful vanilla tones, some coffee scents, baking cookies, hot chocolate.

-Imediately the hops and alcohol take over with slight spicey undertones. Oak is strong, maybe to much so. Slight maltiness.
Wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd Be. Overall it was solid.

Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to sample this...12oz bottle from jayjaye as an extra in a recent trade...thanks...

Garnet red body, nice and clear. The typical Stone head retention and size. Initially a solid three fingers of dense khaki that reduced to a thin creamy foam layer. Beautiful lace grips the glass all over.

Aroma is lighter than I remember with the original. Some caramel sweetness. A little floral, citrus and a touch of pine hops. Seems similar to the original.

Taste comes through with a lot more of the oak, it has a more robust wood flavor than some of the other oak beers I've had. Lacks that harsh woodiness, which is a good thing. Caramel body again with some dinner roll malt flavors. Pine resin and light citrus hops round it out. Good stuff once again.

Nice full mouthfeel. Low carbonation doesn't overrun the flavors. Overall the drinkability is superb. I could drink this all the time. Its less upfront than the original and a bit smoother overall without the harsh hops. Good stuff.

Photo of wcudwight
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Boolshot and marvz for providing this beer in the Double Trouble BIF.
Pours a crimson/brass color with 1/4" beige head that fades rather quickly. Sticky, drippy, spiderweb lacing.
Aroma is fantastic right out of the bottle. Smells like the oakless Arrogant. I don't smell the oak chips but I do smell the vanilla that previous reviewers have mentioned. The Vanilla is a nice touch.
Flavorwise: this isn't nearly as hoppy or brash as the Oakless Arrogant, but it is every bit as good. This is more mellowed out and balanced. There are still loads of citrus hops but the oak chips adds a perfect balance.
Smooth mouthfeel but lacks the Arrogance of the origional.
This is one easily quaffable beer. A 12oz bottle simply isn't enough.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of grub and shared with fisherman34. Thanks for the trade! Poured into a snifter.

Pours a very murky orange-red colour with 1/4 inch of head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation seems mild to medium. Lovely colour. Aroma is extremely heady. Sweet floral notes with resiny pine and light citrus. Lots of woody notes, a bit of raisin and vanilla.

Taste is exceptional and complex. The woody oak really comes through nicely. Flavours reminiscent of port and some raisin. Piney and herbal hops that go into a lovely caramel malt with a bit of vanilla and biscuit in the back. Cookie-like in the finish and perhaps a bit grainy. Balance is near perfect. Mouthfeel is less dry than I thought it would be, and the carbonation is about right, medium to mild. So delicious I'd have another, dangerous, as the alcohol is well hidden in my opinion. Another wonderful beer from Stone.

Photo of Applesauce1
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at The Party Source in Newport, KY.

Appearance: copper-brown color with a nice 1/2" head; looks great when your pour it
Smell: not much here, surprisingly; i sense a little bit of hops and raisins
Taste: similar; hops and a raisin sweetness to balance it; the taste isnt as hoppy as regular arrogant
Mouthfeel: nice, thick, full-bodied
Drinability: goes down OK; you can't chug it, but then again you wouldn't want to

This isn't quite as good as regular Arrogant, but i'd like to give this oaked another shot

Photo of guinnessfan
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle aquired via trade with akorsak.

A: Slightly clouded amber color, with a tan head that recedes to a thin ring. Leaves some lacing behind.

S: Similar to regular Bastard, except for the slightly smokey oak. Some vanilla smell.

T: Same as smell. Slightly astringent. Not too bad, though. No vanilla taste, too bitter.

M: Dry yet creamy smooth. Don't know if the bitterness is all from the hops or some from carbonation.

D: about the sam eas regular Bastard. Gets batter as it warms.

This OAB is a nice change of pace from the regular. Decent beer.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,047 ratings.